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F. Gary Gray To Direct Sam Worthington In THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME!

Nordling here.

The concept sounds interesting - after terrorists attack America again, scientists come up with a technology that erases the impulse to commit criminal acts from the human mind.  A team of thieves, led by Sam Worthington, decide to steal as much money as they can in a final heist five days before the technology goes into effect.  Seems like OCEANS' 11 meets LOGAN'S RUN, but this script by Karl Gadjusek does sound interesting, and now the project has a director who is no stranger to heist films himself.

F. Gary Gray, according to Deadline, has been announced to direct THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME.  The film will start shooting in September for a release nest year.  Sam Worthington seems to be attached to everything these days, but this project seems like it will happen sooner than most of the others.  The concept sounds like it would make for an interesting film.  No word on other cast members yet.

Nordling, out.

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  • May 9, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Awesome

    by Irish Ape

    Definitely ready for something original in a crime story. Oh..first??

  • May 9, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I loved F. Gary Gray's The Negotiator...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ....but he hasn't done a satisfying film since.

  • May 9, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    WHO'S HE PLAYING? THE CEO OF JP MORGAN CHASE?

    by BSB

  • May 9, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    agreed nasty

    by Pedro_Voted_For_Me

    Great flick, Spaacy on good form, and Sam L actually doing some proper acting and not just his usual schtick. F Gary Gray can be hit and miss, opening 40 mins of law Abiding Citizen was good but lost its way. Think he can do a good job with this, but will depend heavily on the script

  • May 9, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Last crime ever and he's just stealing fucking money??

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Go for the gusto and surprise-sex Christina Hendricks! Think big, baby.

  • May 9, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Cool

    by ltgalloway

    This sounds like an awesome mashup of genres and I'm a sucker for both of heist films and sci fi. I hope it's a more complex part for Worthington, as I feel that although he's a very capable actor, he's known mostly for his action work.

  • May 9, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Sounds dumb.

    by Jeffrey

  • May 9, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    I'd see this

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    Pretty original concept for a movie...and that's a feat in of itself.

  • May 9, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    He'd be better off coming up with an antidote...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    then he could live like a fox in a hen house...like bacteria in the Playboy Mansion pool...like a horny orderly with a pocket full of meds in a nursing home... He could live...like me.

  • May 9, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    LOVE the premise...HATE that awkward title!

    by Cheif Brody

    The Last Days Of American Crime? <p> Clunky, much? brings to mind... <p> The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. <p> Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. <p> The thing SCREAMS for a short 2-3 word title. <p> Crime Cure <p> The Last Crime <p> Crime Eraser <p> Ok...those are terrible...but a lot less "Here's the pitch of the movie IN the title" (i.e.; "Snakes on a Plane"). <p> Another problem..."AMERICAN" in the title is a huge mistake. Unless the entire WORLD is forced to undergo this 'crime muting procedure'...America will STILL have crime. When forieners enter the country...what's to stop THEM from robbing our banks or murdering our people? <p> Another good plot point would be those criminals who go out of their way to AVOID the crime erasing procedure...then "blend in" as harmless, average citizens with a criminal alter ego...kind of a reverse superhero movie. Also, wont "AMERICAN" in the title will hurt the international gross? <p> Aces on the premise, though!

  • May 9, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Will it utilize HAARP technology?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I'd like a sequel where people are evading this technology. You know anyone outside of this influence will be labeled a terrorist.

  • May 9, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Erases "the impulse to commit criminal acts"?

    by Brian Hopper

    Not all criminal acts are impulsive. Unless by "impulse" they mean "motivation," in which case — OK, forget it, it's just easier to call this stupid.

  • May 9, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    ERASE THE IMPULSE TO COMMIT CRIMINAL ACTS

    by BSB

    So, no more Lucas cash grabs?

  • May 9, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    what about laundering the money after....thsts a crime

    by willact4food

    The premise makes no sense....you can steal the money before the program goes into full swing....but you wouldn't be able to launder the money because your brain wouldn't let you. Just putting it out there.

  • May 9, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Criminal Acts???

    by Mr Soze

    Don't cast Worthington then...Ba da bump...I'll be here all afternoon folks, tip your waitress, try the veal and drive safe

  • May 9, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Since no one's mentioned it...

    by thisbeatsworking

    This is based on an excellent comic book of the same title by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini. I just hope they don't PG13 it for the movie.

  • This clearly hasn't been thought through very well.

  • May 9, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Yeah...What about the ASS SEX?

    by Cheif Brody

  • May 9, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Sam Worthington has the screen presense of a soggy popcorn box.

    by Artemis Webb

  • May 9, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Yeah great

    by CT1

    love sam worthington's weird chick arms

  • May 9, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    F Gary Gray is overdue for an excellent movie.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    I was happy that used the success of Friday to branch out and make other types of movies. I love his style and the sensibilities he works into his films, but a lot of them are fairly forgettable. It's been a long time since he made something that knocked my socks off. I know he's capable of it and I hope this movie's the one.

  • May 9, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I read the comic, here are the explanations

    by gooseud

    1. Worthington is too young, the guy in the comic looked like Bruce Willis of 5 years ago 2. The comic was awesome, seriously, one of the coolest things of last year 3. Its AMERICAN Crime because the blocking technology is only in effect in America. Would people try to flee to Canada and Mexico? Yes, they would. And are. In fact, if you fled to Mexico to get out of the blocking field, you could probably SPEND money that you had stolen, hmmmmm? 4. As far as the ass-seching Christina Hendricks, its not quite that dramatic, but yes, there are mass rapes, thefts, assaults, and murders in the run-up to the activation of the blocking field. Thats part of the story, trying to pull off this heist in this mass chaos of civil liberties protests, police crackdowns, and mass crime. 5. There is no more paper money. Everyone uses government issued charge cards so the government can track all money trails.

  • the jack off who directed the Justin Bieber movie

  • May 9, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Ahhh yes, we're always looking for Utopia.

    by IronEagle74

    Keep dreaming, left-wingers.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    F gary gray is awesome.

    by Norman Colson

    I would have loved to seen a rated R, g.i.joe military movie. kick ass... @cheif brody there's nothing wrong with ass sex epecially if she likes it... lol.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    "Hasn't done a satisfying film since [The Negotiator]"?

    by Darkman

    Did you somehow manage to miss the ITALIAN JOB remake? <br><br> And from the sounds of this, it looks like that long-gestating IJ sequel may be made after all.

  • May 9, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    "Did you somehow manage to miss the Italian Job remake?"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I've seen it, wasn't very impressed. Watchable, but very forgettable. A total "B-" experience. It was well-made, but got lost in that glut of "heist" movies that came out early in the 00's (Ocean's 11, The Score, and, um, Heist). The Negotiator remains Gray's best film. Superb direction, sensational cast (including a hilarious, on-the-cusp-of-stardom Paul Giamatti and J.T. Walsh in one of his last roles) and tense and SMART as hell. They should let Gray do a Die Hard movie...I think he'd knock it out of the park.

  • May 9, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Die hard 6???

    by Norman Colson

    F. gary grey, bruce willis and justin long??? I'd pay for that!!!

  • Have the people directing him just not noticed that his accent slips...like a lot? It happened in Avatar..it happened in the shitty Terminator Salvation...he should not be playing an American..like ever until he gets better control over that shit.

  • May 9, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    that NAZI movie?

    by gonkdroid

    can someone tap the grey matter and remind me what movie with SW and three others interrogate a nazi criminal or something like that. it's fairly recent. maybe not released yet.

  • May 9, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    You know what's interesting?

    by CutAndPaste

    The word interesting is interesting. Especially when you use it in an interesting way like Nordling did. That makes for a very interesting read that keeps me interested.

  • May 10, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    I've admired the great covers to this comicbook series --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- but had no idea that was the plot!

  • May 10, 2011, 1:50 a.m. CST

    gonkdroid

    by BadMrWonka

    http://tinyurl.com/64e6ryw

  • May 10, 2011, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Makes sense.

    by krylite

    Worthington has that permanent asshole sneer on his face. Stupid choice as protagonist for Avatar. Worst scene. Where he elbowed the navi rival. You could see that pretentious "macho" scene coming an hour away. Cameron used to be unpredictable.

  • May 10, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    hey gonkroid - do you mean "The Debt"?

    by Pedro_Voted_For_Me

  • So... what is Sam Worthington's gang stealing from the bank?

  • May 10, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    They are stealing one of the machines......

    by gooseud

    that issues the cards. Thus giving themselves like a zillion dollar pre paid debit card. Its more complicated then that, but thats basically the gist. There is alot more to it then that, it was a 3 issue mini series and only the last issue was really involving the heist. The other two were more dealing with other issues that were going on.